LSE has risen to 25th in the third annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. This represents a year-on-year increase for the School, which was previously ranked at 29th in 2012 and 37th in 2011.
The rankings are based on a survey of nearly 17,000 experienced, senior academics from almost 150 countries. Participants are asked to name a handful of universities that they believe to be the best in the world.
LSE is the fifth highest UK university in this year’s rankings and one of only nine UK institutions in the Top 100. The School is also bucking the trend for western institutions which tend to be dropping down the rankings.
Commenting on the rankings the Director of LSE, Professor Craig Calhoun, said:
“It is great to see LSE continues to be held in high esteem and that the importance of social sciences is increasingly being recognised around the world.
League table metrics and rankings can change from year to year but the key task for LSE is to remain focused on producing world class research and teaching that engages with real-world problems. Hopefully, if we succeed in this task, the strong reputation will continue to follow.
Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education rankings, said:
While many western institutions struggle to maintain their global standing in the face of mounting competition (and investment) in world-class research institutions in the East, it is notable that the LSE has risen in each of the three years that we have carried out this research.
The full results of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings are available here: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/